25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. In addition, 79 million people were considered pre-diabetic.
In 2007, diabetes was the underlying cause of 71,382 death and was a contributing factor to an additional 160,022 deaths.
Complications include heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, vision loss (diabetic retinopathy), kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy), nerve disease (diabetic neuropathy) and loss of limbs via amputation.
The cost of diabetes was $174 billion total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2007, with $116 billion for direct medical costs and $58 billion for indirect costs (disability, work loss, premature death.)
After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.
Factoring in the additional costs of undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes brings the total cost of diabetes in the United States in 2007 to $218 billion.
- $18 billion for people with undiagnosed diabetes
- $25 billion for American adults with pre-diabetes
- $623 million for gestational diabetes
Find more facts and statistics at theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.